This year’s workshops continue in the tradition of teaching new skills while having fun and strengthening friendships. You can sign up for workshops online or in-person at a Guild meeting,  Payment, however, still needs to be made in person at guild meetings.

We assume you know how your sewing machine works before coming to class. Teachers can’t take class time to teach you how to use it.  If you’re not sure whether the workshop will be too easy or too difficult, Susan, Irene or the teacher will be glad to give you some guidelines.

Workshop Workshop FAQ

We support our LQS’s (Local Quilt Shops) wholeheartedly and are NOT in competition! We rely on the LQS for their expertise – and their supplies! However, there are several reasons why you would take a workshop through the Guild:

  1. As much as possible, we run the workshops on a “cost recovery” basis. However, when we are lucky enough to have a teacher who is in exceptionally high demand come to our guild, the fees may be subsidized so that as many members as possible may participate – yes, membership does have its privileges!
  2. We try to give budding local designers and teachers the opportunity to expand and hone their skills – and encourage guild members to take leadership roles!  We have very talented members, even if we do say it ourselves.
  3. We like to bring our members together in social situations. How much more fun is quilting when you do it with friends?!
  4. We listen to YOU when planning the workshops, and try to respond to YOUR interests.
Come with a friend! Non-members are welcome. Who knows, they may not be a “non-member” for long!

This is how it works:  members are always given first preference, but 30 days before the workshop is scheduled to take place, any remaining spots are opened to the general public.  If that person is already a member of any other guild (OVQG, Modern Guild, etc.), they pay no extra fee.

Those who are not a member of any other guild are asked to pay an additional $10. This is a new policy, aimed at making new friends across traditional local boundaries.

All workshops this year are held in the Notre Dame des Champs Community Hall, 3659 Navan Road, and go from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We send you a map and detailed instructions when you register. There is no bus service, but if transportation is a problem, let us know and maybe we can arrange a lift.

You can bring your coffee with you. And bring your lunch too – you won’t want to miss even a minute by having to find somewhere to eat at noon (options in the area are limited)!

Most workshops are only $40 (unchanged from last year), although some are $50 for certain “rock stars” of the quilting world.

The workshops are limited to 12 participants (unless otherwise stated.)

Visit the highly approachable people at the WORKSHOPS table on Guild meeting evenings. Susan Campbell and Irene Walker will have all the info as well as classroom samples to inspire you. Or email.
When more than the maximum participants per workshop are enrolled, we establish a waiting list, and look into adding another session.

All fees are payable to CTQG when you register (cash or cheques are accepted). Payment is your confirmation of registration. Talk to Irene if e-transfers are your thing.

Once you are registered, we are unable to make a refund if you can’t attend. However, we will put you in touch with someone from the waiting list, or you may make arrangements for someone else to replace you. Just keep Susan and Irene informed. If we are forced to cancel a workshop for any reason, all money will be refunded.

And now, we proudly present the 2016-17 lineup of workshops!


March 11, 2017. With Sherida Giddings ($40) Book Online or in-person at a Guild meeting Maximum of 15 participants

Sherida, our very own certified Judy Niemeyer instructor, is coming back by popular demand for a second workshop of the beautiful table runner, called “Wrapped in Ribbon”. Those of you who have not done paper piecing before are in for a treat as Sherida’s proven teaching techniques overcome any resistance. And those of you who HAVE done paper piecing with Sherida before – are also in for a treat! For more information on this beautiful project check out

 Precision Piecing with Michele Gagne

April 1, 2017. With Michele Gagne ($40) Book Online or in-person at a Guild meeting Maximum of 15 participants

We’ve called it “Back to Basics,” we’ve called it “Aiming for Accuracy,” and, whatever we call it, it’s going to be all about PRECISION PIECING.  The workshop will be led by Michele Gagne, a revered member of our guild.  Michele has many years of experience as a professional in quilting, with a long resume in teaching, retail, long-arming and just about anything you can think of to do with quilting.

Michele will be sharing her tips and tricks, everything you need to know to achieve your accurate 1/4 inch seam, how to make seams match, how to make star points pointy, etc.  She will be demonstrating and explaining why things go wrong and how to make it right.  By the end of the day, you will have the knowledge to make all your basic shapes more accurate, from four-patches, nine-patches, half-square and quarter-square triangles, to flying geese, sashing and corner stones, and you will understand why that fourth pinwheel point never seems to match, and how to make it behave!  You will leave the class with a class project the size of a cuddle quilt, which will be a sampler of all everything you learn.

Suitable for quilters with some limited experience, and also for more experienced quilters who want to fine tune their techniques.

Workshops earlier this year


You may have marveled at Elaine’s prize-winning miniature hexagon quilt in “Sew Much Love” last May.
Elaine specializes in miniatures, but we have asked her to teach us all about the tools, tips and techniques for projects both large and small, so this workshop will cover the highly portable art of Elegant English Paper Piecing, with a side of basic handsewing techniques thrown in.


Our very first ever TWO DAY WORKSHOP! And we couldn’t be more excited! Maybe you remember how Mary wowed us last year at a guild meeting with her stunning cheesecloth portraits and original prize-winning works. Because Mary considers the Common Thread to be her spiritual home of quilting, we have been fortunate enough to snag this highly popular and busy teacher for ourselves.


Sherida, our very own certified Judy Niemeyer instructor, is coming back by popular demand after her very successful One Leaf workshop last year.
This time she’s teaching a beautiful brand new pattern for a table runner, called “Wrapped in Ribbon”. Those of you who have not done paper piecing before are in for a treat as Sherida’s proven teaching techniques overcome any resistance.

Owly Design 2016